Could eight, 1997: Apple
launches the PowerBook 2400c laptop computer, a Four.Four pound “subnotebook”
that’s the MacBook Air of its day.
2400c each predicts the longer term rise of speedy, light-weight
notebooks, whereas additionally paying tribute to Apple’s previous with a
design that echoes the unique
PowerBook 100 in look. Even years later, it stays a
cult favourite amongst many Mac customers.
Impressively skinny, impressively highly effective
At present, a
Four.Four pound laptop computer doesn’t sound notably spectacular. The
fashionable MacBook weighs only a fraction over 2 kilos, making the
PowerBook 2400c appear chunky by comparability. Nonetheless, within the late
90s it was about half the burden of most laptops, which made it
a formidable engineering feat from Apple.
this, it was surprisingly highly effective. Manufactured by Apple’s outdated
rival IBM, it got here with PCI-based structure with a 180 MHz
PowerPC 603e processor and 256KB of Stage 2 cache. This allowed
it to run the usual enterprise purposes of the time virtually
in addition to Apple’s extra highly effective
PowerBook 3400c, which was obtainable across the identical time.
additionally appeared good on the pc’s 800 x 600 10.Four-inch
lively matrix TFT show, which was a step above what many
laptops have been providing on the time when it comes to high quality. In phrases
of further specs, the PowerBook 2400c additionally boasted a 1.3GB
IDE exhausting drive and 16MB of RAM, which was expandable to 48MB.
Its lithium-ion battery gave between 2-Four hours of utilization earlier than
needing to be recharged.
The PowerBook 2400c was
large in Japan.
Life after Steve
In contrast to
Apple’s current love of ditching ports wherever attainable,
the 2400c got here with a good assortment of ports
together with 1x ADB, 1x serial, 1x audio-out, 1x audio-in,
and 1 HD1–30 SCSI connection, together with the onboard Mini–15
show connector. There have been additionally 2x Sort I/II PC Card
slots, and the choice of double-high Sort III PC card for added
different Apple laptops of the period have been outdated, this degree of
expandability gave customers entry to the whole lot from USB and
to Ethernet and wi-fi networking.
As with all light-weight laptop computer there have been compromises, of
course. To realize the skinny type issue, Apple ditched the
CD-ROM drive and inside floppy drive, though it got here with
an exterior floppy.
Nonetheless, the extent of expandability made the PowerBook
2400c a pc that lived properly past only a few years.
It got here preloaded with
the favored Mac OS eight, however might run something from System 7 to Mac
OS X 10.2 Jaguar, with the right modifications. It was
notably well-liked in Japan, which favored
light-weight laptops lengthy earlier than Western shoppers.
Sadly, the PowerBook 2400c didn’t survive the wrath of Steve
Jobs. When he
returned to Apple and subsequently assumed full management (he
took over as interim CEO simply two months after the laptop computer was
launched), he started
scrapping initiatives to streamline Apple’s choices.
By the next 12 months, Apple had simply 4 main merchandise: the
iMac G3, the Energy
Macintosh G3, and the PowerBook
G3 sequence laptops. The PowerBook 2400c was kicked
to the curb in March 1998.
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